Afternoon links.

By artist Svetlana Petrova.

By artist Svetlana Petrova.

  • At Bustle: The 8 best Halloween books from childhood that will still scare you silly. No Mary Downing Hahn?? Shocking.
  • At Lee & Low: Thirteen Scary YA Books: Diverse Edition. Books on the list I have read: Immortal RulesLiarDevil's KissGirl From the WellAnna Dressed in Blood. I am EXCITED TO HAVE A BUNCH MORE TO READ.
  • At Goodreads: Scarlett Undercover. "Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic, kick-butt, Muslim American heroine, ready to take on crime in her hometown of Las Almas." GIVE IT. GIVE IT TO ME NOW. (Via @misskubelik)
  • From the Verge: Warner Bros. is making more 'Harry Potter' movies — possibly a lot more. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the spin-off trilogy set in the Harry Potter universe, will be released individually in 2016, 2018, and 2020, according to a tweet from Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz. Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara is quoted as saying the project will be "at least a trilogy," leaving room for further films in the franchise after 2020." PRETTY IMPRESSIVE FOR A 42 PAGE BOOK.
  • At The Toast: Jess Mariano Is Josie Pye: Your Definitive Character Guide To Stars Hollow and Avonlea. And now, I am FINALLY interested in watching Gilmore Girls. No, I have no idea why it's taken me so long.
  • At BoingBoing: FOUND: THE MUSICAL. COME TO ME, FOUND: THE MUSICAL. (BY WHICH I MEAN, COME TO MAINE.)
  • At the Dose: 25 Famous Paintings Photobombed By A Fat Cat. The CLAWS on the lobster one are IMPRESSIVE. Also, Napoleon, WHAAAT.
  • At Gay YA: Welcome to Gay YA’s first ever Book ClubPantomime, YESSSSSS.
  • At Finding Wonderland: In Tandem: Chasing Power, by Sarah Beth Durst.
  • And finally, the big news around the Twittersphere today is this bit of jackassery from John Grisham, about how the law should be more lenient when it comes to "accidentally" accessing child pornography:

    "We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who've never harmed anybody, would never touch a child," he told the Telegraph.

    "But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn."


    I'm sorry, but unless these dudes tripped and fell on their mouse buttons, I really don't see how clicking a link that advertises "sixteen-year-old wannabe hookers" could be an accident. I could see him making an argument for the word MISTAKE—as in, I THINK I MADE A HUGE MISTAKE—but not ACCIDENT.

    Anyway, here are some more THOUGHTS:

    1. WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE SIXTY-YEAR-OLD WHITE MEN, THEY'RE SO OPPRESSED. IF A SIXTY-YEAR OLD BLACK MAN IS IN PRISON, THOUGH, IT'S PROBABLY FOR A DAMN GOOD REASON. 

    2. LOOKING AT PICTURES OF TEN-YEAR-OLD BOYS IS WAY OVER THE LINE, BUT SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD GIRLS? THEY'RE TOTALLY FAIR GAME.

    3.  THE IDEA THAT LOOKING AT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY—IN OTHER WORDS, SUPPORTING IT BY CONTRIBUTING TO THE DEMAND FOR IT—DOESN'T "HARM ANYBODY". I DON'T EVEN. 

    I can't wait to see how he incorporates this issue into the next Theo Boone.